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Species Iniistius jacksonensis (Ramsay, 1881)

Keelhead Razorfish, Keel-head, Keel-headed Parrotfish, Keelhead Wrasse, Keelheaded Wrasse


Generic Combinations




New South Wales, Queensland

Extra Distribution Information

Off Fraser Island, QLD (25°33'S, 153°12'E) to Cape Banks, NSW (33°59ʹS, 151°12ʹE), also Lord Howe Island, possibly north to Swains Reefs, QLD; temperate, south-west Pacific, records of this species from north-western WA are based on I. opalus.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Lord Howe Province (14), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Inshore, rock reef, sand bottom marine.

Extra Ecological Information

10 - 200 m.


General References

Allen, G.R., N.J. Cross, C.J. Allen & M.F. Gomon 2006. Labridae: Labrinae. pp. 1368-1418 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [1396]

Fukui, Y. 2018. Redescription of Iniistius jacksonensis (Ramsay 1881) and description of Iniistius opalus sp. nov. from northern Australia (Perciformes: Labridae). Ichthyological Research 66(2): 258-268 [Published online 01 Dec 2018]

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Checklist of the fishes of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 63: 9-50 [39] (as Xyrichtys jacksonensis)

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762 [745] (as Xyrichtys jacksoniensis)

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. [294] (as Xyrichtys jacksonensis)

Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seaford, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics pp. 398. [376] (as Xyrichtys jacksonensis)

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part II. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 145–329 [317] (as Novaculichthys jacksonensis)

Parenti, P. & Randall, J.E. 2000. An annotated checklist of the species of the labroid fish families Labridae and Scaridae. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J.L.B. Smith Institute, Grahamstown 68: 1-97 [49] (as Xyrichtys jacksonensis)

Parenti, P. & Randall, J.E. 2011. Checklist of the species of the families Labridae and Scaridae: an update. Smithiana, Publications in Aquatic Biodiversity, Bulletin 13: 29-44 [35]

Randall, J.E. , Earle, J.L. & Robertson, D.R. 2002. Iniistius auropunctatus, a new razorfish (Perciformes: Labridae) from the Marquesas Islands. Cybium 26(2): 93-98 [93]

Waite, E.R. 1899. Scientific results of the trawling expedition of H.M.C.S. Thetis off the coast of New South Wales. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 4: 1-132 figs 1-10 pls 1-31 [87] (pl. 15; as Novaculichthys jacksonensis)

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [52] (1727; as Novaculichthys jacksonensis)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
13-Apr-2023 LABRIDAE 12-Nov-2019 MODIFIED
27-Jul-2017 LABROIDEI 19-Jun-2017 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED